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About Us

  • Introduction
  • Our Heritage
  • Our Royal Warrants

Introduction

 

At 230 years old, Corney & Barrow is one of the longest established Independent Wine Merchants in the UK. The original shop, opened by Edward Bland Corney, was on Old Broad Street in the City of London, selling a small selection of Port, Sherry and Bordeaux. Our Head Office has remained City based ever since.

Still privately owned, Corney & Barrow has grown nationally and internationally, into every sector of the market. We have sales offices in London, Edinburgh, North Yorkshire and, most recently, Hong Kong and Singapore. We also run shops in Newmarket and Ayr, having acquired the Scottish Merchants Whighams of Ayr in 1994.

We opened the office in Hong Kong in 2009 and our latest branch, Singapore, in 2012.  We are delighted to have recently moved to permanent premises in Singapore so our ability to service our Private, Trade and On-Trade clients in Asia is expanding.

You will find that we stay faithful to our British Wine Merchant traditions but bring a unique Asian flair!

Our Heritage

The first incarnation of Corney & Barrow Wine Merchants was in 1780 with the opening of Edward Bland Corney’s shop in London’s Old Broad Street. Despite the limited selection of Port, Sherry and Bordeaux the business flourished and in 1838 Edward’s son Thomas introduced his cousin Robert Barrow to the business. The Corney & Barrow name was born.

Remaining privately owned and family run, it was during the 1980s and '90s that company started expanding with the successful development of Corney & Barrow’s Scottish Operation and the purchase of Whighams of Ayr, Scotland’s oldest wine merchant.  New premises were also opened in Notting Hill Gate, Edinburgh and Newmarket.

Corney & Barrow became the first traditional wine merchant to establish a wine broking operation, matching buyers’ and sellers’ requirements. Corney & Barrow (Broker Services) Ltd was granted the Queen’s Award for Export in 1998 and 1999; a unique achievement for an importing wine company. HRH The Prince of Wales visited Corney & Barrow personally to present the Award.

We have now brought this heritage further East – with offices in Hong Kong and Singapore, our presence in Asia is firmly established.  Part of the reason for our success is our long and traceable history and our firm belief in our heritage – no matter where we are based in the world. 

Our Royal Warrants

Corney & Barrow’s Royal Warrants date back to George V in 1912, when they were first introduced. Royal Warrants are a mark of recognition to individuals or companies who have supplied goods or services for at least five years to the Royal family. Warrants have always been regarded as demonstrating excellence and quality and are highly prized.

Corney & Barrow currently holds two Royal Warrants, as suppliers to HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Prince of Wales. We are the only wine company to have held three Royal Warrants concurrently, as suppliers to HM Queen Elizabeth II, HRH The Prince of Wales and, formerly, the late HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.

Corney & Barrow is one of around 850 Royal Warrant Holders representing a huge cross-section of trade and industry. They range from traditional craftspeople to global and multinational firms operating at the cutting edge of technology. Warrants are granted to named individuals – Grantees – who must personally ensure the Warrant is correctly used.

As Warrant holders we may display the relevant Royal Arms and the legend ‘By Appointment’ on products, premises, stationery, vehicles and advertising. We are united by our commitment to the highest standards of service and excellence. 

For more information, please see http://www.rwha.co.uk